Anita Nairne was born and raised in Kelowna, British Columbia. She currently lives in Vancouver with her husband. It is my pleasure to interview her today.
Cendrine Marrouat: Hello Anita, thank you for answering my questions. First, introduce yourself to us.
Anita Nairne: I am an intuitive painter, and all my work is created through the same process. Intuitive painting is developed through life experiences and experience has forced me to view life from a different perspective.
CM: Is there a particular event that triggered your desire to become a visual artist?
AN: It seems I was born with the desire to be creative; my earliest memories are of drawing and painting.
CM: In your biography, you mention how the death of your only child allowed you to become an artist with an inner (rather than outer) vision. Would you tell us a little more about that?
AN: At sixteen our son was killed in a hiking accident. Our life changed forever. I had always painted, but prior to our son’s death it was more from the outside (adapting physical images). Since the tragedy I paint from the inside (developing emotional images using unfamiliar concepts that come to me).
My subject matter constantly varies; from life around me, to people and places from ages past. Whatever the subject, I honour it and do my utmost to preserve its integrity as I capture the image. Each painting becomes a new experience as well as a surprise for me.
CM: Your paintings have a child-like and a temporal feel. How do you achieve this effect?
AN: I don’t control what my paintings will be. They take on their own expression.
My “creative process” gives rise to the “inspiration” to create each new painting.
CM: How do you usually work on a piece? Do you need a specific setting?
AN: I have a home studio where I work and teach. When I paint I like to listen to talk shows on CBC.
CM: If you had to choose one painting in your repertoire, which one would it be and why?
AN: “Mists of Time” – Represents the connection between our physical and spiritual worlds; that we are a part of everything around us – past, present and future.
CM: Your husband Rod and you have co-authored three books. What are the themes?
AN: “My Father the Illusion My Mother the Mirror” – an autobiography dealing with Rod’s tumultuous life culminating in the death of our son and our journey of recovery.
“Love is For Sharing” – a continuation of the first book with emphasis on our journey of healing grief through sexual expansion.
“Intimate Echoes” – a novel dealing with the lifelong effects of childhood abuse.
CM: According to you, what role does art play in the grieving process?
AN: Painting can be a powerful tool in dealing with the grief of loss, grief over health issues or any lack of centering. Without using our conscious control we can release emotion into the paint, recognize it and begin the healing process.
I have seen this within myself as well as in many, many students. I refer to my method of teaching as ‘Art as Therapy’. Of course I also teach painting as pure joy, which in itself is a process of healing the physical and spiritual body.
CM: What is next for you?
AN: Continuing to grow on all levels; painting as the energy moves through me without predetermined direction. Yet I still need to become more visible in the art market.
CM: Where can people find more information on your work?
CM: Any last words?
AN: For me,creativity is a surprise. If I already know what I am going to express, I find no space for new experience.
End of the interview.
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